[Ads-l] BBC video: How a US island kept hold of its 17th Century dialect

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Jul 2 14:36:17 EDT 2021


See Michael Montgomery’s “In the Appalachians they speak like Shakespeare”, chapter 9 of _Language Myths_ (ed. by Laurie Bauer & Peter Trudgill)

> On Jul 2, 2021, at 8:41 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 
> The illusion that it's "Elizabethan" comes from its preservation of some
> noticeable Elizabethan and Stuart traits that have died out elsewhere.
> 
> But it's still an illusion.
> 
> Similarly, the dialect of the Southern Appalachians frequently used to be
> called "Elizabethan" mainly on the basis of rhoticism and a handful of
> surviving vocabulary items.
> 
> JL
> 
> On Thu, Jul 1, 2021 at 4:51 PM dave at wilton.net <dave at wilton.net> wrote:
> 
>> 
>> The video itself is rather good--it's basically Walt Wolfram explaining a
>> topic that he's an expert in.
>> 
>> The headline is unfortunate and inaccurate. As Wolfram points out in the
>> video, the dialect has been changing continually since the 17th century,
>> like any other dialect. But the fact that it's been isolated until recently
>> means that it has changed in different ways than other North American
>> dialects.
>> 
>> 
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: "Edward Aveyard" <edwardaveyard at HOTMAIL.COM>
>> Sent: Thursday, July 1, 2021 2:21pm
>> To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
>> Subject: [ADS-L] BBC video: How a US island kept hold of its 17th Century
>> dialect
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> This video was published last week on the BBC: How a US island kept hold
>> of its 17th Century dialect - BBC Reel<
>> https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p09m94fy/how-a-us-island-kept-hold-of-its-17th-century-dialect
>>> 
>> 
>> I'd be interested to hear American opinions on this video.
>> 
>> It seems to have been done as a second anniversary of this article: The US
>> island that speaks Elizabethan English - BBC Travel<
>> https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20190623-the-us-island-that-speaks-elizabethan-english
>>> 
>> 
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